Explore Learning

In August 2012, Graphite Capital backed the management buy-out of Explore Learning, one of the UK’s leading providers of after-school tuition to children aged between 5 and 14.

Founded by the current management team in 2001, Explore now has a national network of over 140 centres, located in or near supermarkets, shopping centres and high streets, with over 35,000 children enrolled as members. The company focuses on providing high-quality, individualised mathematics and English tuition twice a week to its members as a complement to schooling. Members work in small groups (of up to six) with each child learning at a workstation that provides individualised tuition resources.

Following Graphite's investment, Explore has doubled its national footprint by opening almost 80 centres in the UK and opening a small number of centres in Dallas, Texas. We have strengthened the management team, supported investment into systems and processes and continued to build brand awareness.  This has allowed Explore's fun, vibrant and interactive centres to grow its presence in a highly fragmented tuition market.

Graphite is supporting Explore in continuing to expand its successful product offering by further growing its network of centres, investing in personnel and developing the curriculum provided. The company has consistently been listed in the Sunday times top 100 'Best Companies to Work for', highlighting the emphasis placed on work environment, staff welfare and service delivery.